The Second Hybrid Small SUV on the Market

12.28.16 - Nissan Rogue

For a few years the Toyota RAV4 has offered us a hybrid powertrain and Subaru gave it a go as well with the XV Crosstrek but now there’s another option if you want an SUV that can give you the ride you want while sipping on the fuel instead of guzzling it. With the XV Crosstrek gone from the market, the new model that has entered is the Nissan Rogue Hybrid which offers you more fuel mileage than the standard model and a great way for you to enjoy the drive you want on the road.

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Have You Ever Heard of the Nissan Micra?

11.10.16 - Nissan Micra

It wouldn’t be surprising if you’ve never heard of the Nissan Micra because this car has never been sold in the US. This is a car that fits in the subcompact segment of the world and is sold in Europe and in Canada, but this car just might make its way to our Nissan dealers in the US with the next generation model. What makes this a special car and why should you know about it? Let’s take a look and see just what makes this a car that you should want to drive.

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Weight Up and Down

2016 Yellow KIA Soul

For years cars have gotten heavier because the new technology installed adds more heft to a vehicle, especially when you add a battery pack to a hybrid.  In the past few years many automakers have worked to bring some of these weights down for the purpose of maximizing power and adding more fuel efficiency.  You can enjoy more from a car with lower weight from every aspect, more power, more performance and certainly better fuel mileage and automakers can offer you smaller engines to increase the fuel mileage even more.  To go along with that when a car is lighter and has turbochargers attached to the engine the horsepower can match higher cylinder numbers with smaller engines, giving us the best of both worlds. Read more

Breaking the “Gentlemen’s Agreement”

2016 Silver Nissan GT-R

Making production cars that are all under a specific horsepower was thought to be the safest way to go for all Japanese automakers like Nissan and Mitsubishi.  With this in mind, somewhere along the lines there was a “gentlemen’s agreement” that was to limit the horsepower of all production cars to 300 horsepower.  Most have been happy with the results as they enjoy reaching close to this number and adding dynamic features such as more active suspensions or a more responsive steering system to cars in order to ensure they can still offer performance many will desire in their vehicles. Read more

Hyundai Genesis vs. Nissan 370Z; Affordability Can Be a Difficult Decision

Hyundai Genesis vs. Nissan 370Z

With these two beauties as possible options in the nearly $30,000 range it’s hard to decide which one you might want to buy.  You may be assuming someone would choose the muscle cars from Ford, Dodge, or Chevy that all come with V6 editions for this price, but these are made more for those who enjoy a calm cruise in the country rather than high performance drives that can be whipped around twists and turns.  This means in this price range the choices are now down to the Hyundai Genesis and the Nissan 370Z which both offer high performance V6 engines, rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission to give you the performance you want. Read more

Great Vehicles for Grads

College Graduation Cars

It’s that time of year again where we come close to the end of a school year and many high school and college grads will get many great graduation gifts to celebrate their achievements and a transition to the next step of their lives.  For those graduates some will receive  vehicles as the graduation gift from parents or grandparents, but what are some of the top choices to give graduates in order for them to have a fantastic vehicle that won’t cost them an arm and a leg to either insure or operate. Read more

Can You Have Fun at Under 200 Horsepower?

2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Driving

For a vast majority of us, we will never drive a car that is our own that has over 200 horsepower. There are a few reasons we are going to be left out of the high-powered class of vehicles. First of all, most of us will certainly scoff at the idea of spending the money on a car that offers a high horsepower number because the shear price tag turns us away. Second is the lack of need, what will this additional horsepower be for and where can we drive it, so with practicality in mind it just doesn’t make sense. Third is fuel mileage. Less power typically equates to better fuel mileage, making it an easy choice between the two as we don’t want to be pumping gas 3-4 times a week for our power hungry V8 beast.

Because of all these reasons doesn’t it make sense to have something fun to drive that falls in our range of driving? Certainly many car manufacturers feel that way and offer several models that are both fun to drive and fall in the under 200 horsepower club to give us the fuel mileage (at least most of them) that we desire. Read more

A Concept Car Meant for Video Games

Nissan 2020 Vision Gran Turismo Concept

Most of the time cars that are featured in video games are either based off an actual model or the imagination of the game designers. This gives most racing video games a basis for their designs which sometimes end up on the roads and tracks of the world as actual cars that can say they were inspired by the games. Not often this system is reversed, but Nissan has chosen to set the reversal in motion with the unveiling of a concept car that is built to be part of the new Gran Turismo video game.

The Nissan 2020 Vision Gran Turismo Concept car is an awesome looking car that appears to have launched itself right out of the video game and into the car shows around the world. As a concept from Nissan Europe, the Vision is angular from every side and offers a mean speed demon look to it that offers a long flowing angle from the very front fascia to the rear of the car. Destined to be part of the Gran Turismo 6 video game, Nissan designers were offing this gorgeous model as a great looking car that could easily be imagined to be the fastest and most capable car in the game.

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Power to Spare: The 2015 Nissan GT-R

2015 Nissan GT-R Red

When the words super car are spoke the thoughts often turn to makers such as Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati and others, but not Nissan. However that thinking must change when looking at the Nissan GT-R. With a price tag that reaches over $100,000 the GT-R is not priced for the budget conscious, but it does offer a much better price than its international competition. With a full complement of racecar technology and massive horsepower this awesome street racer has enough juice to give a serious thrill ride to any driver and up to three passengers that will stick them in their seats with nothing but smiles on their faces.

Sporting a zero to sixty time that is under three seconds the GT-R has a top speed of 196 mph and the base engine brings in a monstrous 545 horsepower. If that isn’t enough horses, there is a track-oriented NISMO edition that brings 600 horsepower to really bring it and blow everything else away. The 2015 model added a Bose Active Noise Cancellation system to help keep the cabin much quieter as well as multi-LED headlights, circular tail lights, a stiffer anti roll bar, a race tuned suspension and the NISMO edition is also new for 2015.

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The Affordable and Efficient 2015 Nissan Versa

2015 Nissan Versa

As the least expensive new car on the entire market the Nissan Versa shows up as a very affordable and efficient car made mostly for the daily commuters. This car which debuted last year as a hatchback in the Versa Note model, comes in a sedan form this year carrying the lowest price tag of any car on the market. Competing with the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio and Honda Fit, the Versa isn’t quite as much fun to drive as these others, but it is still the least expensive allowing owners to enjoy a car that is roomy and efficient.

With room for up to five and a fuel efficiency that reaches nearly 40 mpg the Versa is a great car for those who carpool to work on a daily basis. The simple reality is most driving isn’t that exciting no matter what kind of car is owned and the Versa offers plenty of what is need to get anyone around. For 2015 the Versa adds new front and rear fascias and a bit of an interior improvement as well. Bluetooth connectivity is added to the base models and the Note adds the SR trim to give it a sportier appearance and feel.

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